From the It Must Be Christmas Holiday App Deals dept.

It seems like a few of the good strategy and board games are going on sale now on the Apple App Store as quality publishers have started cutting prices  revealing their holiday app deals.

I’ve played these games and do recommend them as valuable additions to your iOS gaming collection. Prices are discounted at the time of this post, but they may change at the whim of the publisher.

And on with the deals:

Talisman – A great conversion from the well-known adventure board game. Reduced to @2.99 from $6.99.

 

 

 


Small World 2 – Huge discount (9.99 -> 2.99) for this sequel to strategy board game of the year. Well worth picking up at any price.. a steal here 😉

 

 

 


Battle Academy – Derived from an original BBC online game concept, Battle Academy blends intuitive design, compelling gameplay and technical innovation. Reduced to $9.99 from $19.99. Yes, a premium priced title that gets you hours of engaging gameplay.

 

 

 


Drive on Moscow: War in the Snow – Half-priced. Full value. Great strategy presentation of the pivotal battle for Moscow in WWII.

 

 

 


Panzer Corps – Grognards rejoice! Considered teh spiritual successor to the Panzer General series, Panzer Corps is the closest you can currently get to serious armor strategy on the iPad. Reduced from $6.99 to $2.99.

 

 

 

 

Tablets will be the story this holiday season

The iPad has been out for a bit now, and it’s the tablet that all the others will be compared against as they jockey for position going into the holiday season.

But overall, I think this is the year that tablets finally start to make some headway into the marketplace; a marketplace already crowded with Desktops, Laptops, Netbooks and Data Phones.

So, why consider a tablet? Here’s a few things to think about.

Middleground
Tablets won’t replace your main computer, nor will they replace your laptop. They’re not powerful enough to do a lot of the work those computers do. But, they will fill in the middleground between your smartphone and your computer, simply because they are smaller, yet not too small, and offer a great interactive experience.

Tablets are  great to bring to meetings, light-weight and yet functional enough that looking up calendar conflicts or taking simple notes is a very simple process — and the tablet is much less obvious than a laptop when sitting around the boardroom table.

Oh, and you smartphone jockey’s out there, yes, you can do all that stuff on your handheld Android/BlackBerry/iPhone, but the screen size is kinda limiting when you want/need to share the view.

Cloudbusting
Using some cloud computing applications such as DropBox, any notes you create on your tablet are instantly stored in the cloud account and accessible to your other computers.

And, if you’re in that meeting and need to reference something stored on your desktop, you can use desktop control software such as LogMeIn Ignition (on the iPad / iPhone / Touch) or a VNC client written for your tablet. A couple of quick touchpad strokes and you’re working on your desktop computer as if you were sitting in front of it.

Ok, those are the big reasons that a tablet wins for me. And here’s a few more that are really just icing on the cake:

  • Inherently portable – smaller form factor makes it easier to take everywhere. My iPad is with me daily, whereas my laptop or netbook only came out when I thought I might need it
  • Casual usage – since it’s with me I use it more to jot down notes, surf, etc during otherwise dead time
  • Tactile, friendly, engaging – a tablet seems less imposing than a full-up laptop. People like to share work on a tablet, it’s easy to hand around a meeting and solicit feedback.
  • Portable media – tablets are great for watching movies or videos on the bus or wherever because they’re smaller and sleeker — no huge keyboard to haul around in addition to the screen.

So, in my humble opinion, yes, the tablet will make some serious inroads this holiday season, especially if the price can stay low, the hardware delivers, and the software is developed to live in this new middleground.

So that’s why a tablet appeals to me, how ‘bout you? Are you in or out when it comes to considering a tablet in the near future?



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Exactly 1 week ago today [slideshow]

Exactly one week ago today we were enjoying our last day on Maui, by snorkeling.

By our rough count, we managed to get in and under the water about every other day — which is pretty good for a prairie boy.

So, to revisit the experience today seemed a bit appropo, with a slideshow of all the good/interesting shots we’d managed to get into flickr so far.

All these photos were taken with a very cool Panasonic DMC-TS2, which I discuss in further detail in a few Future Shop blog posts.

The spreadsheet that saved Christmas!

Ok, that’s a bit over the top, I’ll admit, but believe it or not, a spreadsheet certainly did help me out this holiday season, by helping me and my family stay organized as we worked through our holiday gift list, figuring out who is going to get what this year…especially if we’re in different households or different parts of the country. …more



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